Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and was shot and killed on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Since 1986, Dr. King's birthday has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States on the third Monday in January.*

Jump to The King Center on the WebSkokie Public Library has several books and videos about Martin Luther King, Jr. and many of them have been written and recorded especially for young people. Follow the links to see what's available at the Library and on the Web about Dr. King and his work toward peace, tolerance, and civil rights in America.

* Harris, Jacqueline L., "King, Martin Luther, Jr." The New Book of Knowledge. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2005.


At the Library

Martin Luther King, Jr. biographies
Youth fiction and nonfiction books about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Videos and DVDs about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Encyclopedia and magazine articles about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Available from home for Skokie Public Library cardholders
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On the Web

...books and reading

Coretta Scott King Book Awards
Named in honor of Dr. King’s wife, the Coretta Scott King Award honors distinguished books by African-American authors and illustrators. This list includes winning books from 1970 to the present.
IMA Hero Reading Program: Martin Luther King, Jr. In-Depth
Learn all about Dr. King with these easy-to-read questions, answers, definitions, and vocabulary builders from the IMA Hero Reading Program.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: "I Have a Dream" from AmericanRhetoric.com
Read the full text and listen to the audio of the speech that Dr. King gave on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Legacy of a Leader from Scholastic News
Learn about Dr. King through photos, a slide show, speeches, and quiz about his life and work.

...fun and learning

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Traditions and Kid’s Activities
Enjoy poems, activities, and puzzles on this website that celebrates Dr. King.
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